Brush Up on Your 'Flag Etiquette" for Independence Day

July 4, 2011 Updated Jul 4, 2011 at 5:43 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 4, 2011 Updated Jul 4, 2011 at 5:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When it comes to the stars and stripes, there some proper procedures that should be followed, otherwise known as 'flag etiquette'.

Here are some reminders about how to treat "Old Glory" for this Independence Day.

The American Flag takes precedence over all other flags flown in the United States. It should never be flown lower than another nearby flag.

If you fly the flag at night, it should be highlighted by a spotlight.

The stars and stripes should never be folded when it is wet and it should never be flown if it is torn or damaged in any way.

Once a flag is beyond repair, it should be disposed of in the proper and dignified way; preferably burning. Many fire halls and veteran posts often take old, damaged flags and hold annual 'flag burning' ceremonies.

Lastly, and perhaps most obviously, the American Flag, along with all flags, should be treated with respect.